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Deadlines, Eligibility & Decisions

Priority deadlines may apply. Admission granted on a rolling basis.

Note: all dates are as of 11:59PM ET

Application & Key Enrollment Dates

All Summer Pre-College Programs (except Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers):                                                                                                                                                                                      

Term Application Opens Deadline: All Materials* Deadline: Payment Deadline: Enrollment Forms
            

Summer 

            
            

December 1

            
            

May 15

            
            

May 15

            
            

June 15

            

Tufts Research Experience (Fall/Spring):                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Term Application Opens Deadline: All Materials* Deadline: Payment Deadline: Enrollment Forms
            

Fall

            
            

August 1

            
            

September 1

            
            

September 1

            
            

September 4

            
            

Spring

            
            

December 1

            
            

January 4

            
            

January 4

            
            

January 15

            

Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Term Course Registration Opens Deadline: Registration Deadline: Payment Deadline: Enrollment Forms
            

Fall 2021

            
            

June 1, 2021

            
            

September 15, 2021

            
            

Prior to the first day of class** (see the course listing for details)

            
            

2 weeks prior to first class* (see the course listing for details)

            
            

Winter 2021-22

            
            

October 18, 2021

            
            

December 14, 2021

            
            

Spring 2022

            
            

December 1, 2021

            
            

January 26, 2022

            
            

Summer 1 2022

            
            

January 4, 2022

            
            

May 31, 2022

            
            

Summer 2 2022

            
            

January 4, 2022

            
            

July 11, 2022

            

*Applications submitted after the payment deadline will require payment in full on admission to hold their seat.

**Deadlines are driven by the specific courses students intend to enroll in. Please see the academic calendar for more details.

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Who is eligible?

General Requirements

  • Entering high school grades 10-12 *or* a Spring 2022 high school graduate
    • Please note that students entering grade 10 are eligible for specific courses and programs only. Please see individual program websites for grade-level eligibility requirements. 
  • English Language proficiency exam results are required for non-native English speakers. See table below for score requirements.

Residential Students

Students electing to live in the dorms or to attend a residential program must be at least 15 at the start of the program and no older than 19 before the program end date.

International Students

Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply to and attend our pre-college programs, although only Tufts Summer Research Experience and Tufts College Experience are F-1 eligible. You may click here to consult this informational page on the Tufts International Center website for additional information.

Program

Eligibility Requirements for All Students

Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers

Entering Grades 10-12 (11-12 for undergraduate courses)

Tufts Research Experience

Entering Grades 11-12 and must be 16 at program start

Tufts Summer Research Experience

Entering Grades 11-12 *or* a Spring 2022 high school graduate; must be at least 16 years old at program start

Tufts College Experience

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2022 high school graduate; must be at least 15 years old at program start

Tufts Summer Accelerator

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2022 high school graduate

Lab Science Investigations

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2022 high school graduate

Climate Resilience Institute

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2022 high school graduate

Coding 101

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2022 high school graduate

Engineering Design Lab

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2022 high school graduate

Engineering Investigations

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2022 high school graduate

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2022 high school graduate

International Relations

Entering Grades 11-12 *or* Spring 2022 high school graduate

Leadership for Social Change

Entering Grades 11-12 *or* Spring 2022 high school graduate; must be at least 15 years old at program start

Mini-Med School

Entering Grades 11-12 *or* Spring 2022 high school graduate; 1 year of biology is required

SMFA Design Bootcamp

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2022 high school graduate; must be at least 15 years old at program start

SMFA Studio Art

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2022 high school graduate

Non-Native English Speakers

If you indicate that English is not your primary language, you will be asked to submit evidence of English Language proficiency during the application process. The following are our eligibility standards:

Test or Course

Test Score or Course Grade

Paper-Based TOEFL

600 or above

Computer-Based TOEFL

250 or above

Internet-Based TOEFL

90 or above

CET-4

550 or above

CET-6

520 or above

IELTS

6.5 or above

Duolingo English Test

110 or above

Intermediate English Course

Unofficial transcript demonstrating B+ or higher in the last 2 years

All-English High School or Middle School

Unofficial transcript demonstrating 1+ years attended in good standing

Admissions Decision

Once an applicant has submitted an application and all required admissions documents are received, the applicant will be considered for admission by the Tufts Pre-College Programs review committee for the specific program(s) to which they applied.

Decisions are made on a rolling basis and students will typically receive an official email informing them of their admissions status within 10 business days of Tufts receiving all required materials.

If you do not receive your email within two weeks of all materials being submitted, please contact us at precollege@tufts.edu or 617-627-2926.

Disclaimer: This program is not related to Tufts University Undergraduate Admissions. Participation in this program does not result in admission to a Tufts University degree program. Tufts reserves the right to admit as requested, to deny admission, or to offer provisional admission. The program will not provide feedback to applicants if admission is denied.

English Language Requirements

Non-Native English Speakers

If you indicate that English is not your primary language, you will be asked to submit evidence of English Language proficiency during the application process. The following are our minimum eligibility standards:

Test or Course

Test Score or Course Grade

Paper-Based TOEFL

600 or above

Computer-Based TOEFL

250 or above

Internet-Based TOEFL

90 or above

CET-4

550 or above

CET-6

520 or above

IELTS

6.5 or above

Duolingo English Test

110 or above

Intermediate English Course

Unofficial transcript demonstrating B+ or higher in the last 2 years

All-English High School or Middle School

Unofficial transcript demonstrating 1+ years attended in good standing

 

 

Application Instructions & Requirements

Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers - Application Instructions

Step 1: Register for courses through our student registration portal

Clicking the link above will take you to a list of courses open to our high school students through this program. If you find our course registration portal through another link or this list is not working, you can always find the courses open to high school students by selecting "Open to High School Students" under the Course Features filter.

Registering for courses is simple!

  • Select the course you are interested in
  • Review the course details and requirements
  • Click "add to cart"
  • When you are ready, click the cart in the upper right-hand corner of your screen
  • Create an account
  • Check-out!

For more detailed instructions on registering through this portal, please see our "How to Register" page. Please note that, although course registration takes place before your application materials are submitted, you will be automatically withdrawn and will receive a full refund (with the exception of the non-refundable registration fee) if your materials are not received or not approved prior to the first day of classes.

After you register for your course, you will be directed to the CATHS application and can follow Step 2 below. You will also receive a link to the application by email. If for some reason you do not see the application, please let us know at precollege@tufts.edu.

Step 2 (all programs): Complete an Online Application

The online application will ask you for the following information:

  • Basic personal information, including parents/guardians and emergency contact (if you are under 18, we will contact a parent for permission to enroll)
  • Program-specific information (see below)
  • Contact information for 1 individual to submit a Letter of Recommendation - this individual can be a teacher, counselor, or mentor. We will contact this individual on your behalf
  • Test scores - optional, unless you must submit scores as evidence of English proficiency
  • Warrants and signatures

If you need to log back into this application after starting, click here: return to my application.

Step 3: Upload Your High School Transcript

During your application process, you will be asked to provide us with contact information for an official from your high school. They will receive an email with further instructions to upload your transcript.

Step 4: Parental Consent and Letter of Recommendation

As a part of your application, you will be asked to provide contact information for both a parent/guardian and a recommender. Once you submit your application, our systems will automatically email the parent/guardian and recommender you listed in the application with instructions for how to fill out the online permission or recommendation form.

Please note your application will not be considered submitted and review of your application will not begin until the materials from Step 3 and Step 4 have been received by Tufts Pre-College Programs.

All Other Programs - Application Instructions

Step 1: Complete an Online Application

The online application will ask you for the following information:

  • Basic personal information, including parents/guardians and emergency contact (if you are under 18, we will contact a parent for permission to enroll)
  • Program-specific information (see below)
  • Contact information for 1 individual to submit a Letter of Recommendation - this individual can be a teacher, counselor, or mentor. We will contact this individual on your behalf
  • Test scores - optional, unless you must submit scores as evidence of English proficiency
  • Warrants and signatures

If you need to log back into this application after starting, click here: return to my application.

Step 2: Upload Your High School Transcript

During your application process, you will be asked to provide us with contact information for an official from your high school. They will receive an email with further instructions to upload your transcript.

Step 3: Parental Consent and Letter of Recommendation

As a part of your application, you will be asked to provide contact information for both a parent/guardian and a recommender. Once you submit your application, our systems will automatically email the parent/guardian and recommender you listed in the application with instructions for how to fill out the online permission or recommendation form.

Please note your application will not be considered submitted and review of your application will not begin until the materials from Step 3 and Step 4 have been received by Tufts Pre-College Programs.

Program Specific Application Requirements

Program

Program-Specific Application requirements

Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation

Tufts Research Experience

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; up to 3 lab preferences with a 250-word statement of interest for each lab; 250-word personal statement describing your interest in and experience with research

Tufts Summer Research Experience

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; up to 3 lab preferences with a 250-word statement of interest for each lab; 250-word personal statement describing your interest in and experience with research

Tufts College Experience

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; 6 Course preferences in at least 2 time blocks; college prep workshop preferences (optional)

Tufts Summer Accelerator

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; 4 seminar preferences in 2 time blocks (8 preferences in 4 blocks for 2 sessions)

Lab Science Investigations

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation, statement of interest for labs; 4 lab preferences per session.

Climate Resilience Institute

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; 300-word statement of interest (prompt provided)

Coding 101

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation

Engineering Design Lab

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation

Engineering Investigations

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation

International Relations

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; language preferences (placement exam required for intermediate/advanced sections)

Leadership for Social Change

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; 250-word statement of interest (prompt provided)

Mini-Med School

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; 1 year of biology or its course equivalent

SMFA Design Bootcamp

Requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; design or writing portfolio (optional)

SMFA Studio Art

Requires transcript OR list of art classes taken, parent permission, letter of recommendation; 200-word statement of interest (prompt provided); artwork portfolio

K-8 Engineering & Design Workshops

Requires registration & before/after care selection (optional)

 

 

Admitted Students

Deposit to Reserve a Seat

Admitted students may reserve their seat by submitting a non-refundable deposit. Until a deposit is received, the student is not guaranteed a spot in the program. Please note, the deposit does not cover the full cost of tuition to the program. Please review the full tuition costs on the respective program pages before making a deposit. 

The non-refundable deposit is as follows:

Program

Non-refundable Deposit

Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers

n/a (refundable deposit or payment in full at time of registration holds your seat)

K-8 Engineering & Design Workshops

n/a (full payment at time of registration)

All Other Programs

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

 

This deposit will be requested through the application system and can be paid directly in your application account.

^ Days count includes weekends and holidays

If a program fills before a deposit is made, the student will not be able to participate in the program. Additionally, if a program fills before a deposit is made while waiting for a financial aid decision, the student will not be able to participate in the program.

Enrollment Confirmation

Confirm enrollment with final program materials and fees. In order to be considered enrolled in the program, students are required to pay the balance of their program fees and to submit additional documentation that will enable us to ensure their participation in our programs. Students will not be able to start the program if their payment and forms have not been received by the deadlines outlined below. Final payment for programs can be made through your application account. Please see the “Key Dates” section above for exceptions.

Please note:

  • Students not paying in full by this date will be automatically withdrawn from the program. No refunds will be issued if the program withdrawal is after the refund deadline.
  • Students submitting applications after the final payment due date will be required to make their payment in full to reserve their seat in the program in lieu of a deposit

In addition to making the final payment, there are a series of waivers and documents that students must submit to ensure a safe program experience. These forms will be requested through the Admitted Student portal or through email after admission. Below is a sample of the forms, others may be required. 

  • Program dependent – Health Information 
  • Program dependent – Health Consent 
  • Program dependent – Immunization Record demonstrating vaccines or history of the disease for: COVID-19 (2 doses), TDAP, MMR (2 doses), Meningitis (last 5 years, residential students only), and Varicella (2 doses) 
  • Parent Agreement
  • Student Agreement
  • Consent to Release Student Information
  • Publicity Consent
  • Obligation to Pay
  • Commuter Students
    • Commuter Travel Information and Waiver
  • Other waivers
    • Some programs have supplemental releases due to specific activities in those programs

Please Note: Enrollment in any Tufts Pre-College Program is contingent on the receipt of the fees and materials described above.

Post-Enrollment Materials

Admitted students must do the following prior to the start of the program:

  • Submit a deposit to hold your seat; this program requires a deposit within 10 business days of the date on which the admissions decision was posted
  • Pay your balance in full prior to the stated deadline
  • Complete all enrollment forms and/or follow-up requests prior to the stated deadline

Should the above not be completed prior to the stated deadlines, the student will be automatically withdrawn from the program.

International Students

Visa Application 

Tufts Pre-College Programs welcomes international students in all of its programs. However, visa options and requirements will be different depending on your intended summer program and your current visa situation (if applicable).  

Only the Tufts Summer Research Experience and Tufts College Experience programs are F-1 eligible. Through these programs, international students are able to take a credit-bearing course of study. If you are admitted to these programs, please ask for information about how to request your Form I-20. 

International students interested in other noncredit Pre-College Programs may have other visa options outside of the F-1. The Tufts International Center can advise you on your individual situation. Please click here to consult this informational page on the International Center web site for more details, or email the International Center directly at icenter.summer@tufts.edu. 

Note that not all of our programs offer housing. We will be unable to admit an international student into a commuter-only program without a consent and waiver indicating that student has housing and transportation provided by a close relative within 50-miles of Tufts. Both parent and the close relative must sign the waiver.

Please note that visa delays or denials are not recognized reasons for refunds; it is the student's responsibility to apply for the relevant visa type with enough time for processing and arrival.  Tufts cannot guarantee success in the visa process; students take this risk upon themselves.